The Spread

Peanut butter and jelly,
Yum,
The sustenance of youth,
A connection to the seventies,
A daily dose of energy
That the nutritionists will never take away.

Simple,
Creamy, smooth peanut butter,
Doled out with care and softness,
An effort to preserve the bread,
Not to tear the slice,
Not to mash the moment.

Simple,
Sweet, slippery grape jelly,
Scooped to the bread more assertively,
Pressed into the bread just short of its breaking point,
Pushed all the way to the corners,
Coverage matters.

Peanut butter and jelly,
Yum,
Just the thought has my mouth watering,
Taking me back to those cut-off jeans years,
Swimming all day, and
Crushing loaves of PBJs.

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